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Graduate Students

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IPFW offers several challenging and exciting graduate programs for those who are looking to further their education.

IU Graduate Programs

Each IU graduate program handles admissions differently. If you are interested in applying to a program, please contact the graduate program director to find out what the application process involves.

Purdue Graduate Programs

All applications for Purdue graduate programs are processed through Purdue’s online application hub. Please specify on your application that you’re applying to a program on the Fort Wayne campus.

If you have questions about Purdue graduate programs at IPFW, please contact the graduate program director.

Classification of Applicants

Applicants for admission to most IPFW graduate programs are classified as:

Regular Admission

You’re classified as an applicant for regular admission if you’re seeking admission into an IPFW graduate degree program. Successful candidates for regular graduate admission include promising applicants who:

  • Earned baccalaureate degrees from colleges or universities of recognized standing
  • Completed studies equivalent to those required of Indiana University or Purdue University baccalaureate recipients
  • Earn a B or better average in their undergraduate major

Regular admission, with specific conditions, may be available if you do not meet the above criteria. Some graduate programs at IPFW may impose higher or more specific criteria and may require you to provide additional evidence of previous academic performance (refer to Part 2 of the Bulletin).

As a degree-seeking applicant, it is recommended that you take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) if you:

  • Are seeking admission to a program that required it (refer to Part 2 of the Bulletin)
  • Wish to be considered for certain fellowship opportunities
  • Believe your previous academic record does not adequately reflect your abilities
  • Received a baccalaureate degree from a non-accredited institution
  • Elect to use the GRE Aptitude Test as a means to document your proficiency in English

Because the language of instruction at IPFW is English, proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and understanding English is vital to your academic success. If your native language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language ability at the time you apply for admission. Taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and submitting the results as part of your admission application satisfies this requirement. Additional requirements for demonstrating English language proficiency after you are admitted are stated in Part 4 of the Bulletin.

After you furnish all required information and related documents, the appropriate academic unit will consider your application. For some graduate programs at IPFW, your application will also be considered by the Purdue University Graduate School, the Indiana University Graduate School, or another office responsible for admissions to the program you have selected.

Completed applications for regular admission and all required supporting materials have deadlines that vary. Contact your program office for specific deadline information.

You must reapply for admission if you do not enroll within two years of your admission semester/session.

Note: References to the graduate school and dean of the graduate school are not applicable to professional master’s degree programs in business (MBA), education (M.S.Ed.), and public and environmental affairs (MPA).

Nondegree Admission

You are considered an application for nondegree (temporary) admission if you:

  • Earned a baccalaureate or advanced degree
  • Do not intent to pursue another degree and are seeking only personal or professional enrichment

You must be prepared to demonstrate that you have the necessary preparation for any course(s) in which you wish to enroll and may be required to obtain approval from the course instructors.

You may later seek regular admission and request that courses you completed while in nondegree admission status be considered for application toward a degree. The school, division, or department that offers the program you are seeking will determine the applicability of these courses, and typically no more than 12 credits will be considered.

If you are a graduate student in good standing at another accredited graduate school, you may apply for one semester’s or summer’s admission as a visiting nondegree student. Graduate students from institutional members of the CIC consortium may be visiting students for up to one year. Under the above circumstances, the IPFW graduate admissions clerk will assist with your application.


You are considered an applicant for re-entry if:

  • You previously were regularly admitted to an IPFW graduate program, have not registered for classes at IPFW for more than one year (or at any other Indiana University or Purdue University campus for more than one semester), and wish to resume your studies in the program in which you last enrolled, or
  • You previously were admitted to an IPFW graduate program in a nondegree classification, have not attended IPFW for more than one year, still meet the criteria for nondegree graduate admission status, and wish to resume your studies under this classification

You must file a re-entry application with IPFW Admissions. Since your re-entry application will be subject to approval under applicable admission and academic policies of the IPFW graduate program in which you were last enrolled, you must allow ample time for your re-entry application to be processed.